Jaguars Game Snapshot
KEYS TO THE GAME: The Cowboys will require an adjustment period moving to backup QB Jon Kitna with Tony Romo (clavicle) out. But the one luxury they don't have happens to be time. And with injuries along the offensive line, a run-heavy approach might be offensive coordinator Jason Garrett's only safeguard to protect Kitna. He's been in the system since March 2009 and is capable -- especially against Jacksonville's suspect secondary -- if he's not under duress. The Jaguars get David Garrard (concussion) back. But their blocking brigade isn't exactly a stone wall either. Garrard is hopeful new right tackle Jordan Black can handle OLB Anthony Spencer off the edge.
FAST FACTS: Kitna has been sacked 132 times and intercepted 47 times in his last 37 games. ... All four games in this all-time series have been decided by seven or fewer points.
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If Jack Del Rio is fired as the Jaguars' head coach at the end of the season, he could look back on draft day 2008 as the beginning of the end.
The Jaguars were coming off a playoff season in 2007 when they beat Pittsburgh twice in Pittsburgh and thought they were just a pass rusher or two away from being a Super Bowl team.
The reality was that the team was aging and needed an infusion of talent.
Instead the Jaguars traded up in the first two rounds to get Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves, who were supposed to bolster the pass rush. To get them, they gave up first- and second-round picks, two thirds, a fourth, a fifth and a seventh.
If they had kept all those picks and drafted well, they might be a contender.
Instead, they not only traded them away, they traded them for two busts. Groves has already been dumped to Oakland for a fourth-round pick and Harvey has been benched and replaced by Jeremy Mincey.
Harvey has been struggling all year. In 223 snaps, he has half a sack, no passes defended and 22 tackles. In 132 snaps, Mincey has a sack, three passes defended and 18 tackles.
Mincey was listed on the injury report with a hand injury but worked the entire practice and is expected to make his first start in Dallas.
And defensive line coach Joe Cullen said he is not even sure whether Harvey will be active for the game.
They have three rookies, Austen Lane, Harry Hart and Aaron Morgan, who could be active instead of Harvey.
The last straw for Harvey came when he was out of position on Thomas Jones' 70-yard run that set up a Chiefs' touchdown last Sunday.
Cullen insisted he hasn't given up on Harvey.
"I don't quite on anybody. I know there is something there that and I've got to get out of him," Cullen said.
The odds are, though, Harvey will be moving on with his $17.4 million in guaranteed money next year.
Once they traded all those picks, the Jaguars had a five-player draft and Harvey is the last player left from that draft.
Del Rio said at the time that the Jaguars were so solid that some of the picks they traded probably wouldn't have made the team.
Now they wish they had those picks back.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed the obvious when he said the team's record could determine if injured quarterback Tony Romo plays again this season.
Romo is out eight weeks with a broken collarbone.
There are 10 games left and the Cowboys are 1-5. As of now his earliest return would be the Christmas night game against the Cardinals.
Common sense says if the Cowboys have nothing to play for -- as expected save a miraculous turnaround -- they should shut Romo down for the season.
"We'll just see what the circumstances are at that time," Jones said. "We'll see how well we're playing. They remember what you do in November. That is an old college saying that my coach used to say all the time. If we have an opportunity to have a good taste by the team playing well, have a good taste in our mouths ... then even if you're out of an opportunity to be in the playoffs, you want to be playing good."
Jones' statements are a backtrack from what he said after the game Monday night when Romo's fracture was first confirmed. He was emphatic in his belief that Romo would play again this season whenever he got healthy.
"I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to know how fast he's going to heal," Jones said. "The faster he heals, the better I like it. We will be weighing that aspect of where he is in the healing process relative to any risk that you might take with him playing."
--DE Jeremy Mincey, who wasn't on the injury report Wednesday, was listed with a hand injury Thursday. He participated in the entire practice and is expected to start for Derrick Harvey, who has been benched, Sunday in Dallas.
--QB David Garrard, who missed the game in Kansas City with a concussion, participated in the entire practice Thursday for the second consecutive day and is expected to start in Dallas.
--QB Trent Edwards, who suffered a thumb injury against Tennessee, participated in the entire practice Thursday for the second consecutive day and is expected to be the backup in Dallas.
--OG Justin Smiley, who is listed with a foot injury, participated in the entire practice Thursday for the second consecutive day, but it is uncertain if he or Vince Manuwai will start in Dallas.
--QB Todd Bouman was the only player listed as limited on the injury report Thursday for the second consecutive day with a finger injury, but he wasn't expected to play in Dallas anyway once David Garrard returned from his concussion.
--WR Roy Williams was late to practice on Thursday for personal reasons. He will play against the Jaguars on Sunday.
--LB Keith Brooking says the Cowboys are what they are and scoffs at suggestions they are better than a typical 1-5 team.
"We're 1-5 for a reason, and there's not a 1-5 team in the history of the NFL that's been a good football team," Brooking said. "So, if the truth kills a man, let him die. We are what we are, and we have to fix it. There's no other way to look at it.
"You can make excuses about being 1-5, the ball didn't bounce our way, we could be 2-3, we could be 4-2, but no, uh-uh, we're 1-5 for a reason."
--DE Sean Lissemore will be active Sunday for the first time all season because of the injury to backup end Jason Hatcher.
The rookie seventh round pick says he is ready to go.
"I'm trying to get my reads and techniques together. It's all mental right now," Lissemore said. "I'll be ready from a physical standpoint."
--CB Terence Newman has yet to practice this week due to a rib cartilage injury. It is painful and it has Cowboys coach Wade Phillips worried about his status for the Jaguars game Sunday.
"He's still real sore, that's a setback that he's still sore," Phillips said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow. Yeah, I'm worried about him. It's basically what he did in the game, he's just sore from the game, and he played with it. It's hard to tell right now."
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